AMA Queensland (Mackay) Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships @ JCU AMA Queensland (Mackay) Foundation Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in 2016 by the AMA Queensland Foundation. The AMA Queensland Foundation supports medical students from the Mackay region who express an interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural communities in Queensland for the entirety of their medical training.

Student TypeUndergraduate 1st year
Area of StudyBachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Total Value$3,000 per year
Duration6 years
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Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship.

  • I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder;
  • I am enrolled full time in my first year of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at JCU;
  • I have an interest in practising medicine with the indigenous or rural communities in Queensland;
  • I am experiencing financial hardship; and
  • immediately prior to University I was either a resident in the Mackay region or at high school for at least the last two years in the Mackay region. (relevant post codes 4737, 4738, 4740, 4741, 4742, 4750, 4754, 4799)

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $3,000 per year of study for up to five years with the 6th year amount to be determined by AMA Queensland (Mackay) Foundation.
Payments in year 2 to 6 will be paid after census date of SP 2.

How do I apply?

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.
Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents:

  • a copy of your academic record from James Cook University or any other academic institution;
  • a certified copy of proof of citizenship;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • documentation to support your financial status; a
  • written statement of no more than 500 words outlining:
    • Your interest in practising medicinewithin indigenours or rural/remote communities in Queensland;
    • your financial status and how this scholarship will assist;
    • a commitment to engage with RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback); and
  • evidence of 2 out of the last 3 years proof of address (including the eligible post code area)
  • statement of attendance at compulsory lectures, clinical skills and home group.
  • commitment to providing regular progress updates and images to the AMA Queensland Foundation which may be used in AMA Queensland publications; and
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that you include all relevant documents (including a completed application form) and that your application is submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.

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What happens now?

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

This Scholarship was established in 2016 by the AMA Queensland Foundation. The AMA Queensland Foundation supports medical students from the Mackay region who express an interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural communities in Queensland for the entirety of their medical training.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $3,000 paid in one instalment, for up to 5 years with the 6th year amount to be determined by AMA Queensland Foundation (Mackay).  One new Scholarship will be awarded each year.

Eligibility Criteria

The AMA Queensland Foundation Medical Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:

  • are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • are enrolled in first year of a JCU Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery; and
  • are enrolled full-time; and
  • completed the first Teaching Period of a JCU Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
  • are experiencing financial hardship
  • immediately prior to University was either resident in the Mackay region or at high school for at least the last 2 years in the Mackay region..

Selection Criteria

The selection critera are:

  • Content of the written statement
  • Extent of financial hardship
  • Attendance at compulsory lectures, clinical skills and home group;

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:

  • a copy of their academic record from James Cook University or any other academic institution;
  • a copy of proof of citizenship;
  • their curriculum vitae;
  • a written statement demonstrating the applicant’s;
    • interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural/remote communities in Queensland;
    • financial status and how this scholarship will assist; and
    • commitment to engagement with RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback) and
  • documentation to support financial status of applicant;
  • proof of residency for last 2 years in the Mackay region or other rural, remote or indigenous community;
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to verify any information provided by the applicant.
The Applicant will be required to attend an interview

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Dean, College of Medicine and Dentistry (Chair), or nominee;
  • College of Medicine Year One Academic Coordinator, or nominee; and
  • Operations Manager, Rural Clinical Training & Support Program, or nominee

The Selection Committee reserves the right not to award a Scholarship in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the Scholarship

Payments

Moneys payable to the recipient of an award will be paid in 1 instalment after the successful completion of the first Study Period in the year 1 of the award.  Subsequent payments in years 2 to 6 will be made in one instalment after Study Period 2 census date.

Ongoing eligibility

The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above.

If the recipient suspends or defers their study for more than 12 months, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award.

Conditions of the Scholarship

By accepting the scholarship, the applicant agrees to provide regular progress updates and images to the AMA Queensland Foundation and consents to their use in AMA Queensland publications.

In the event that the recipient is granted an approved leave of absence, the scholarship shall be suspended for a maximum of twelve months.

If the recipient of a scholarship fails to comply with any of the conditions of this scholarship, the Chair of the Selection Committee may suspend or terminate the scholarship, or take such action as it deems necessary to enforce compliance with the condition by the holder.

The requirements of the Scholarship shall not make the awarding of the Scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.

In the event the Chair, Selection Committee terminates or suspends the student’s bursary, a student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaint Management Policy and Procedures.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by the College of Medicine and Dentistry, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the scholarship.

Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.

Definitions

Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:
“academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;
“academic record” means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;
“award” means the scholarship;
“awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and
“applicant” means the person applying for the scholarship